Cutinha joined the Army from Coral Gables, Florida in 1967, and by March 2, 1968, was serving as a Specialist Four in Company C, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was killed during the battle and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. Cutinha, age 23 at his death, was buried in Fort Denaud Cemetery, Fort Denaud, Florida.
Cutinha"s medal was presented to the Post by his mother so that it could be displayed and so all who view it might remember that "the price of freedom is often paid with the blood of a nation"s youth".
On November 22, 2008, American Legion Post 130 held a commemorative ceremony in honor of Cutinha.